“Victory in Jesus”
Isaiah 30:9, 10
- There is a hymn that is very popular in our Hymnals titled “Victory in Jesus.”
- “Victory in Jesus” was the final song E. M. Bartlett wrote.
- The words are as follows…
I heard an old, old story, How a Savior came from glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary To save a wretch like me;
I heard about His groaning, Of His precious blood’s atoning,
Then I repented of my sins And won the victory.
O victory in Jesus, My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me, With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him, And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory, Beneath the cleansing flood.
- This is a tremendous song and a joyful thing to be able to sing it and mean it.
- But the question I am going to ask you this morning is… Do you have “Victory in Jesus?”
- It is one thing to say “Yes, I have victory in Jesus.” It is also one thing to sing the song “Victory in Jesus.” But it is quite another thing to actually HAVE (possess) the “Victory in Jesus.”
- There are too many churches today that are afraid to lose their members by harsh preaching or stepping on grounds that may rock the boat of new babes in Christ.
- I say that we have too many sissified preachers today who will not stand up to the demon possessed people trying to run the church in a way that is acceptable to man but rejected by God.
- Worship is “key” to our life in Christ. The way we worship in His temple is of the utmost importance. The temple must be sanctified, presented as a holy place.
- As you know my brethren, our body is a temple of the Lord.
- As the song says… We’ve heard the old, old story of Jesus Christ and how he gave His life on Calvary, and shed His blood to save a sinner just like me. We know this, we’ve heard it a million times in church and will hear it another million times before we die. BUT… Have we truly repented of our sins and won the victory? The victory over sin in our life?
- There are too many people wandering around in God’s house saying that they can’t quit sinning because it is part of our human nature. This is partly true!
I. Examine the Truths
A) We are a wretched people
- Look at our text of Isaiah 30:9…That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: 10) Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
- Doesn’t this verse describe us to a tee today? We are… rebellious, liars, babies that are disobedient to God’s Law, tired of hearing the prophets (preachers) tell them what to do, desirous of preachers who do not hurt their feelings (smooth things).
- This kind of thinking is proof that there never was a “Victory in Jesus” evidenced in their life.
B) Two kinds of love
- There are only 2 kinds of love…
- Love of self
- Love of God
- Now many would argue that there are many kinds of “love.” They are liars. They might say well what about God’s commandment to “love” our neighbor? If a person does love his neighbor then he is honoring God by keeping His commandment to do so and therefore that is “THE LOVE OF GOD.” Hello!
- If man does not love his neighbor then he is what? A lover of self.
- To love others is of love God. To love God is to love others. Simple, huh.
- Paul tells us of “love” in Ephesians 5:1…Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2) And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
- How do we “…walk in love?” Look at verse 3) But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4) Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5) For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
- Paul says here that you are not supposed to be a habitual fornicator, coveter, dirty, foolish talker, or person who likes to joke around or tease people. Paul goes on to say that there is no place for these kinds of people in the Kingdom of God. NO PLACE! This means no inheritance. No heaven for you.
- Sin is the result of “Loving Self.”
- There must be a daily effort to stop sin in our lives.
C) Confirming the Truth
- I Peter 2:21…For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22) Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
- I John 2:3…And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 4) Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
- John 5:14…Afterward Jesus findeth him (the healed sinner) in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
- John 8:10, 11…When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11) She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
- Now let me ask you… Did Jesus tell these people that they can’t help but sin once in a while so just do the best you can? NO! What did Jesus say? “…go and sin no more!”
- That means to stop sinning period! Don’t do it again.
- Our goal is to what? Be like Jesus who “…did no sin, and had no evil speech come out of his mouth.”
- Once Jesus has made us whole, we are to “sin no more.”
D) Truth of those willing to sin
- This one is going to hurt non believers… a lot! Hebrews 10:26…For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
- We must be careful not to take this verse out of context. The “sin” mentioned here in this verse is the same sin that the people of this letter were guilty of and that is the sin of not accepting Jesus Christ as the Son of God who purges our sin, and who died for our sin. For these people there is no sacrifice for sin because they do not believe in Him.
- But look at this verse for believers… Romans 8:1…There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2) For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
- NO CONDEMNATION, that means that we as the children of God purchased by the blood of our Savior cannot be condemned (considered guilty before God).
- FAITH is the root of salvation. The FRUIT is our obedience and works.
II. How Can I Have Victory in Jesus?
A) Have a desire to walk after the Spirit
- Romans 8:2…For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3) For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4) That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
- This desire to walk after the Spirit is a continual effort on our part because of the world we live in.
- Satan is alive and well and knows his time is short so he and his angels are working in overtime mode trying to ruin every Christian and their reputation on this earth.
- We will be tempted as Christ was tempted, but we must learn to let Him guide us… II Peter 2:9…The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
- Jude 1:24 …Now unto him (Jesus Christ) that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
- You ask… How do I have “Victory in Jesus?”
- ANSWER; By continuing to make your best effort to get rid of every sin in your life.
I heard about His healing, Of His cleansing pow’r revealing.
How He made the lame to walk again, And caused the blind to see;
And then I cried, “Dear Jesus, Come and heal my broken spirit,”
And somehow Jesus came and bro’t To me the victory.
I heard about a mansion He has built for me in glory.
And I heard about the streets of gold Beyond the crystal sea;
About the angels singing, And the old redemption story,
And some sweet day I’ll sing up there The song of victory.
II Timothy 2:19…Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.